Voice work has become incredibly important to the way that a video game’s story is told and there have been some phenomenal performances this year from various voice over artists. We already listed our nominees for best voice actor, so here are VGU’s nominees for best voice actress by performance.
Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes (Beyond: Two Souls)
Quantic Dream has created some memorable story-driven experiences and the company’s latest release, Beyond: Two Souls, featured some great voice acting from Hollywood talent. Ellen Page, known for her breakout role in Juno, lent her voice and motion capture talents to the role of Jodie Holmes.
Holmes is a troubled youth who has supernatural powers thanks to an entity known as Aiden that has been with her since birth. Page brought Holmes to life over several years in her journey, taking her from a young girl to the woman that she is by the end of the game. Page’s performance is one of the best things about the game and is a standout.
Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
When it was announced that the popular Tomb Raider franchise was being rebooted, many people wondered who would be stepping into the shoes of the iconic adventurer Lara Croft. Tomb Raider showed a very young and inexperienced Lara in here first real adventure and Camilla Luddington brought that dynamic to life brilliantly.
The fear, uncertainty, and discomfort that Lara feels in her situation is juxtaposed well with her steadfast dedication to saving her friends at all costs. Luddington brings a believable ability to the role that captures the fear and courage that Lara demonstrates over the course of the game.
Courtnee Draper as Elizabeth (BioShock Infinite)
Elizabeth was probably the most important character in BioShock Infinite and her interactions with Booker were the key to the plot as it moved towards its culmination. Courtnee Draper did an excellent job bringing this multi-faceted character to life who was both afraid of and in awe of the world around her.
Elizabeth helps Booker in a lot of ways as the game progresses and she eventually holds many of the answers to questions that Booker (and the gamer) have as the plot begins to thicken. Elizabeth’s role is memorable partly because of the great voice acting of Draper and she becomes an even more integral character in the Burial at Sea DLC.
Ashley Johnson as Ellie (The Last of Us)
Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic title brought a lot of great characters to life but the dynamic between Joel and Ellie was the focal point of the game. Ashley Johnson portrayed the tough as nails little girl Ellie who could be the key to saving the human race from the deadly viral infection that has sent the world into chaos.
Ellie is extremely tough on the outside but has a lot more underneath the surface and that is what makes her so intriguing. Her exploits throughout the game (especially in the Winter portion of the story) flesh out who she really is and makes the dynamic between her and Joel that much more interesting to watch.
Those are VGU’s nominees for best voice actress of 2013 but what do you think? Let us know by voting in the poll below. We will have the poll for this category and four others open until Thursday night and we will announce our pick and the poll winner on Friday.